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with Heidi Sormaz
Online Class

Yoga for a Healthy Mind & Body

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Want less stress in your life, a better ability to focus, improved health and a fitness routine that you truly enjoy? You may be surprised to learn that yoga provides all of these benefits. Award-winning yoga instructor Heidi E. Sormaz, Ph. D., makes yoga accessible and achievable for people of all skill levels by combining science with the art of the vinyasa. You’ll explore a range of practical techniques and exercises for calming, cardiovascular fitness, pain relief, mental healing and so much more.


  • beginner
  • 12 episodes
  • 6h7m

Included in this Class

1. Western Yoga

1. Western Yoga

Meet Heidi Sormaz and begin by exploring the roots of hatha yoga, a form of yoga that's widely practiced in the West. Focus on three main principles: breath, physical postures (asanas), and meditation. Then get started with some simple exercises.

2. Yoga Begins With the Breath

2. Yoga Begins With the Breath

Practice a mini yoga class that highlights mindful breathing to relieve stress. Add three new asanas to your yoga routine: warrior two, bound angle and downward-facing dog.

3. Yoga & Pain Relief

3. Yoga & Pain Relief

Heidi considers key yogic tools that address physical pain, including attention to breath and sensation, release of chronic muscle contractions and healthier movement patterns. You'll practice asanas for each of these pain-reduction techniques.